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27 October 2020

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at fashion photography, Laura Boushnak, Andrew Kung, Tim Flach, five great used dSLRs, custom pinhole cameras, Joe McNally, David Hobby, noise and Deana Lawson.

  • "A fashion image is never just about clothes," writes Lou Stoppard in Can Fashion Photography Survive the Pandemic? "For the last century, fashion photographers have celebrated the work of great designers while making nods, sometimes subtle, sometimes goading and explicit, to wider societal moods and shifts in politics and identity." Stoppard discusses the issue with a number of photographers.
  • In I Read I Write, Eefje Ludwig interviews Laura Boushnak about her long-term project that "celebrates the stories of women across Arab countries whose lives have been transformed by education." For seven years, Boushnak visited Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Gaza to take portraits of women who have faced barriers to their education. "Through all of these women, you get a sense of hope, of solutions," she says.
  • Stephanie Wade presents images from Brooklyn-based photographer Andrew Kung's new series To Be Seen which "celebrates the beauty and individuality of Asian Americans."
  • Grace Ebert showcases London-based photographer Tim Flach's portraits of Vulnerable Birds
  • Shutterbug lists Five Great Used dSLRs That Offer Quality & Affordability. "dSLR cameras are in that rarified class of machines that almost never wear out," the authors point out. So "used" just means "pre-owned."
  • Chris Gampat interviews Cezary Bartczak about his Custom Pinhole Cameras.
  • Joe McNally posted the second part of his Garden & Grit Fashion Shoot with a pre-production Nikon Z 7 II.
  • McNally isn't the only gardener. Strobist David Hobby details his garden lighting setup for the Howard County Conservancy in A Garden of Ideas.
  • In The Matter of Noise, Dave Williams suggests noise in an image can be a good thing, conveying "a romantic, old-world feel."
  • Among the honorees of this year's International Center of Photography's annual Spotlights benefit held today is photographer and visual artist Deana Lawson from Rochester, N.Y. "Her work examines the body's ability to channel personal and social histories, addressing themes of familial legacy, community, desire and religious-spiritual aesthetics."

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